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Photo Gallery: Hundreds march in Iowa City ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ protest

In the second week of protests in Iowa City following the leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court — which is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and undermine decades of precedent for reproductive rights and right to privacy […]

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‘There is joy in fighting for your freedom’: Roe advocates process fears, hopes for new reproductive rights movement in IC

More than 100 people gathered on the Pentacrest on Sunday afternoon in support of reproductive rights. The “Hands Off Roe” rally was the second Pentacrest rally of the weekend in response to the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion […]

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Iowa City students stage a walk out to protest Gov. Reynolds banning transgender girls from playing girls’ sports at school

More than 150 Iowa City Community School District students walked out of classes on Friday and marched to the Pentacrest to protest the newly enacted ban on transgender girls playing girls’ sports at all public and private schools, as well […]

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Iowa City high school students rally to support abortion rights as the U.S. Supreme Court considers overturning Roe

Almost two hundred high school students rallied in the freezing cold at the Pentacrest on Thursday after walking out of school to show their support for abortion rights. The walkout was organized by City High students, but also attracted students […]

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Rally against voter suppression Saturday will gather activists, elected officials and candidates on the Pentacrest

There will be a rally on the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Saturday protesting attempts at voter suppression that proliferated in the wake of the 2020 election, as well as constant lies about voter fraud spread by Donald Trump. “Between […]

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‘A part of me is gone’: Family and friends mourn Makeda Scott during memorial service on the Pentacrest

Speeches and music filled the air in around the Pentacrest on Friday night, as more than 100 people gathered to mourn Makeda Scott. Organized by Scott’s mother, Simmone Spencer-VanGorp, and the Iowa Freedom Riders (IFR), the memorial aimed to celebrate […]

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‘When is enough enough?’ Hundreds gather in Iowa City to remember George Floyd and other victims of racism and police violence

It was obvious before you reached the Pentacrest on Saturday that the protest rally scheduled for noon was going to be different. Clinton Street was blocked off from Washington to Jefferson, and a traffic barrier at Dubuque Street kept cars […]

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Holiday Tubas, a 46-year local tradition, will perform on the Pentacrest Friday afternoon

In most places around the country, sleigh bells and carolers (who may or may not be “a-wassailing“) are the sounds of the season, but in Iowa City, there are also tubas. Since 1973, tuba, sousaphone (the wrap-around tuba for marching) and euphonium (think tuba, but smaller) players have gathered on the Pentacrest for Holiday Tubas. The […]

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The Pentacrest has a new larch

A new European larch was planted on the University of Iowa Pentacrest Thursday morning to take the place of the larch that was felled by strong winds during a storm in the early morning hours of Sept. 10. That tree was approximately 70 years old, and beloved by generations of UI students and other visitors to the Pentacrest. Appropriately enough […]

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Letter to the editor: Larix decidua, in memoriam

In the early morning hours of Sept. 10, 2019, the world lost a treasured, tired friend. The European larch tree, of Iowa City, was uprooted in a storm that claimed two other campus trees. She didn’t so much die as she was ripped from the earth that fed her. Nothing can survive absent nourishment. The moon that night was waxing gibbous;
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